New York, prepare for Lyft off. After a two-week squabble with government regulators, the controversial ride-sharing app has finally reached an agreement, allowing them operate legally in the city starting tonight.
In order to gain approval, Lyft won’t operate like it does in other cities (so no pink beards). Rather, the service will have to use Taxi and Limousine Commission-approved black-car drivers, reports the New York Post. Another key difference is that drivers will use fixed-rates and they won’t be allowed to take donations.
The company celebrated the news in a blog post:
We’ll continue to work with the TLC, Department of Financial Services, and the Attorney General’s office to craft new rules for peer-to-peer transportation in New York. We look forward to bringing the most affordable options to the areas that need it most, powered by their local residents.
The service, which was originally supposed to operate in Brooklyn and Queens, will launch in all five boroughs tonight starting at 7.